African Childrens Haven has a team of volunteer advisors with extensive experience in the three countries where we work. Each of these dedicated individuals helps to identify worthy projects and provides assistance and oversight of the programs in which we invest. Each is a key link between our investors and the children.
Amare Getahun is one of Ethiopia’s leading international experts on agriculture, forestry and environment. Born into poverty, Getahun rose to become Director of Research and Dean of Agriculture at Ethiopia’s National University. During a long and productive career, he distinguished himself as a leading proponent of science-based agroforestry to lift the rural poor out of poverty. Getahun is perhaps best known for his leadership of the research team that developed a highly efficient and affordable wood-burning cook stove. The stoves reduce pressure on natural forest by increasing the efficiency of conventional cooking methods and greatly reduce smoke, a major health hazard to women and girls. Getahun maintains an active schedule working with Ethiopia’s poor. He currently serves as CEO of Dejen Agro Business Plc, a leading provider of agricultural development services to Ethiopia’s rural poor and oversees our work at the Mercy Center in Addis Ababa.